Joseph William Namath is an American former professional football player. He played in the American Football League and National Football League during the 1960s and 1970s. Namath played college football for the Alabama Crimson Tide from 1962 to 1964. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985. He retired after playing 143 games over 13 years in the AFL and NFL, including playoffs.
About Joe Namath in brief
Joseph William Namath is an American former professional football player. He played in the American Football League and National Football League during the 1960s and 1970s. Namath played college football for the Alabama Crimson Tide from 1962 to 1964. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985. He retired after playing 143 games over 13 years in the AFL and NFL, including playoffs. His teams had an overall record of 68 wins, 71 losses, and four ties, 64–64–4 in 132 starts, and 4–7 in relief. He completed 1,886 passes for 27,663 yards, threw 173 touchdowns, and had 220 interceptions, for a career passer rating of 65. 5. In 1999, he was ranked number 96 on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Football Players, the only player on the list to have spent a majority of his career with the Jets. In 2019, a survey conducted by the Associated Press of 60 football historians and media regularly covering the NFL voted Namath the league’s greatest character, beating out former Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis and fellow Hall of Famer Brett Favre. He is the son of Catholic parents, Rose and János \”John\” Andrew Namath, a steelworker. His Hungarian-born grandfather, András \”Andrew\” Németh, came to Ellis Island on the steamer Pannonia in 1911, and worked in the coal and steel industries of the greater Pittsburgh area. His mother wanted him to play football because his idol, Roberto Clemente, was a baseball player, but he wanted to get a college education.
He enrolled at the University of Alabama, but left before graduating in order to pursue a career in professional football. He later completed an external-program bachelor of arts degree in interdisciplinary studies at University of Notre Dame in 2007. He had many offers from Division I college football programs, including Penn State, Ohio State, and Notre Dame, but chose Alabama. He also played for three division champions, earned one league championship, and one Super Bowl victory. He won the WPIAL Class AA championship with a 9–0 record in 1960. His high school football team was coached by Larry Bruno at Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Coach Bruno later presented Namath to the pro Football Hall Of Fame in Canton. He received offers from several Major League Baseball teams, including the Yankees, Indians, Reds, Pirates, and Phillies, but football prevailed. He lived with his mother after his parents’ divorce, and was the youngest of four sons, with an older adopted sister. In an age when dunks were uncommon in high school basketball, Namath regularly dunked in games. He led the Crimson Tide to a national championship in 1964, after being suspended for the final two games of the season after being kicked out of the team for being below the school’s scoringboard. He once played for the New York Jets in Super Bowl III, then made good on his prediction with a 16–7 upset of the Baltimore Colts.